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Tag: freedom of speech

226 incident must be investigated

On the evening of 26 February a group of Taiwanese university students in Taipei went out to show their support for the Jasmine Revolution in China. While attempting to cross the road they were blocked from crossing by a group of plain-clothes people claiming to be police officers. The video embedded above shows the incident. [...]

Youth must speak out to protect internet freedom

I had a letter published in the Taipei Times today in response to two recent incidents where freedom of speech on the internet was threatened. I wrote an article on my posterous blog which gives some more background on the issue. The post also includes links to the Hu’s girls videos. Tim Maddog has written a [...]

Court questions constitutionality of Assembly Law

The Taipei District Court has suspended a case involving Lee Ming-tsung (李明聰), an NTU assistant professor and one of the initiators of the Wild Strawberry Movement (野草莓學運), who was charged under the Assembly and Parade Law (集會遊行法). The judge said a constitutional interpretation of the law was necessary before a verdict could be made in [...]

Taiwan screens film and defends freedom

The Ten Conditions of Love, documentary about exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, screened at Da’an Park in Taipei tonight. It was part of an event  organised by Luo Wen-jia’s Movement magazine (二次黨外雜志) and the Taiwan Friends of Tibet (台灣圖博之友會) that saw the documentary screened simultaneously in five Taiwanese cities. The screening follows a controversy which [...]

Film screenings and freedom of speech

The Kaohsiung Film Festival is in the midst of a controversy over the screening of The Ten Conditions of Love, a documentary about the life of exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer. The Film Festival announced its plans to screen the documentary earlier this month. Since then there has been increasing pressure on the film festival [...]

Assembly Law attacks freedom of speech

The Taiwan Association for Human Rights (台灣人權促進會; TAHR) and Forum Asia have released a joint statement calling on Taiwan to respect and protect freedom of assembly by dropping charges against two prominent human rights defenders and amend the Parade and Assembly Law (集會遊行法) in accordance to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). [...]

Freedom of assembly is a basic right

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 20: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. ROC Constitution (de facto constitution of Taiwan) Article 14 : The people shall have freedom of assembly and of association. International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights Article 21: The right of peaceful assembly shall [...]